Notes on Contributors
Barbara Toomer Davis was born in Philadelphia, PA and currently lives in Middletown, CT. She teaches language arts at a technical high school in Hartford, CT. as well as coordinates the Hill-Stead Sunken Garden Poet Mentor Program for her school. She has participated in a Cave Canem workshop at the Poet’s House, taught by her favorite poet, Patricia Smith. She is also a contributor to the African American National Biography Project, edited by Dr. Henry Louis Gates and published by Oxford Press. (Middletown, CT)
Ralph Waldo Emerson was born May 25, 1803, in Boston, Massachusetts and died of complications resulting from pneumonia, April 27, 1882. He was a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and, like his father, became a Unitarian minister. After only a few years in the pulpit, he found that his personal beliefs and values conflicted with many church teachings, so he eventually left the ministry. He went on to be very well known in his day as a popular public speaker, as well as essayist and poet. Emerson was also one of the founding leaders of a new, radical philosophical movement called Transcendentalism. He founded the group’s quarterly periodical, The Dial, for a small readership from 1840 to 1844, when it folded.
Dorothy K. Fletcher recently retired after 35 years of teaching in Jacksonville, Florida. Her poetry has appeared in over 80 literary journals, and she has published three books. Dorothy won First Place in the 2006 Robert Frost Poetry Contest, and was invited to read her poetry at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. (Jacksonville, FL)
Charlotte A. Frazer teaches high school English and creative writing. She states, "This is my fourth year of teaching, and when the public school system isn't trying to suck my soul away, I write." (Bedford, VA)
Paul Hostovsky's poems have won a Pushcart Prize, the Muriel Craft Bailey Award from the Comstock Review, and chapbook contests from Grayson Books, Riverstone Press, and the Frank Cat Press. His first full-length collection, Bending the Notes, is available from Main Street Rag. He works in Boston as a sign language interpreter and braille instructor. To read more of his poetry, visit his website: www.paulhostovsky.com (Medfield, MA)
Henry Hughes' first collection of poems, Men Holding Eggs, received the 2004 Oregon Book Award. His second collection, Moist Meridian, is forthcoming from Mammoth Books. He teaches literature and writing at Western Oregon University. (Falls City, OR)
Kate Hutchinson has taught English for 23 years at a large high school in the northwest suburbs of Chicago; since 2000 she has also been the school's Fine Arts Coordinator. Her continued studies in Written Communication have shown her the importance of being both reading and writing role models for our students. Kate's teenage son, who has autism, has inspired much of her writing. Her essays have been published in two books in the Cup of Comfort series, as well as Voices of Autism: The Healing Companion, and The Sun literary magazine. Her poetry appears in a recent issue of The Autism Advocate, magazine of the Autism Society of America, and Mosaic, literary magazine of National-Louis University in Chicago. (Palantine, IL)
Yolanda Nieves is an award winning poet, installation artist, and playwright. Her book Dove Over Clouds (Plainview Press, 2007) has been acclaimed for the themes revolving around issues of race, gender, class, and colonialism as it relates to the Puerto Rican/Afro-Puerto Rican Diaspora, especially the second-generation Puerto Rican experience in Chicago. Ms. Nieves is also a teacher in developmental education. She currently resides in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood with her husband and son. (Chicago, IL)
David E. Poston has published poetry in Main Street Rag, English Journal, Asheville Poetry Review, and 2007 Kakalak Anthology of Carolina Poets, among others. He is the author of two chapbooks, My Father Reading Greek and Postmodern Bourgeois Poetaster Blues, winner of the 2007 Randall Jarrell/Harper prints chapbook competition sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network. He and his wife Patty both teach at the Highland School of Technology. “Doing Anne Frank” was previously published in Independence Boulevard. (Gastonia, NC)
Aaron Schildkrout currently lives and works as an educational consultant at a meditation center in upstate New York. Before this, he served as a high school Humanities teacher and department chair at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston. His poetry has most recently been published in The Mid-America Poetry Review. (Newton, MA)
Jennifer Wallace teaches at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore. She is a poetry editor at The Cortland Review and a founding editor of Toadlily Press. Look for her poems in The Potomac Review, Georgetown Review, Barrow Street, The Worcester Review, Poetry Kanto, and Zone 3. (Baltimore, MD)
William H. Wallace, Jr. is married with two children and four grandchildren. Retired after a thirteen-year teaching career, he is now active in several writing groups, a member of the California Writers Club. William is currently working on two books, hoping for publication. (Alta Louma, CA)
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